View of the World Cup Stadium on the Cape Town CIty Tour
Hiking around Lake Cuicocha

Transformative Learning

We believe you are innately curious about the world, yourself and your future. On LeadAbroad experiences, we place you at the center of the learning model by challenging your academic, cultural, physical and personal comfort zones. Our learning environments extend beyond the traditional classroom into the community and local culture.  And, importantly, we create numerous forums such as facilitated conversations, reflective writing exercises and small group discussions to help you create meaning from your experiences. These carefully organized and intentional components work together to maximize your true potential.

Customized, personal support

Our staff is passionate about making your study abroad dream a reality. From the first day we meet you on campus to the day you arrive home from your adventure abroad, you’ll have a personal advocate on your side.  Forget impersonal 1-800 numbers, just send us a text or call and we’ll be there to help with your application, booking your flight or even advice on your packing list.

We know studying abroad is a major life decision involving your whole family; therefore, we include your parents too. We answer all their questions and then ensure they can follow your learning journey through Facebook, Instagram and our daily blog.

The team at a Stormers game in Cape Town
Welcome dinner in Cape Town

Curated, boutique experiences

We understand you want to see and do it all during your time abroad. Therefore, we include many of the best activities and help you to check off other bucket list adventures as well. Maybe you need help planning a weekend trip to Paris? We’ll teach you how to book the train and the best hostel. Or you want to organize a sailing adventure? We have that covered too. Our goal is to make this summer the best summer of your life.

Triad staffing model

Our staff members are focused on our mission of leading transformational experiences. To deliver on our promise, we use an innovative staffing model that maximizes the student experience.  First, our faculty mainly focus on the learning objectives and academic rigor and of their specific courses. Next, our LeadAbroad staff of program directors and assistants focus on risk management, tour and activities and mentoring students. Finally, our peer leaders and interns serve the important role of building community within the group through optional activities and leading by example.  As graduates of the LeadAbroad program, these peer leaders are uniquely qualified to galvanize the group and ensure no student is left behind.

Though each role has it’s focus, the key to our staffing model is our collective desire to do whatever is required.  Our culture of caring more than others think is wise fuels our desire to always go one step further. Past students will attest that our faculty, program directors and interns differentiate LeadAbroad from other programs.

Students, faculty and interns touring Rome
Waiting for students at the airport

Risk management preparedness

Safety is our number one priority at LeadAbroad. Our team takes a proactive approach to safety on all of our programs. Our thorough procedures focus on assessment, education, security, ongoing monitoring, emergency response and communication.

For more information about our protocols, please read our Health & Safety section on our Policies page here.

Study abroad is just the beginning

Some programs have alumni, but we have family.  The difference lies in the bond we create abroad and the fact that we believe your journey doesn’t end the day you return home.  Rather, it’s merely the beginning of your future and we want to support you every step of the way. Maybe you’re applying for a campus position and need a recommendation letter. Or, you are moving to a new city and need to meet new friends.  Either way, we are always a text or phone call away.

For more information about our family, please read our Family section here.

Painting at a service event back at home